James “Jim” Robinson was born in 1953, in Charles City, Iowa, the oldest of four children. The Robinson family moved to MT in the 1960’, and settled in Wibaux MT where Jim excelled in sports and in 1971 he was drafted to the Kansas City Royals Baseball Team. Dut due to a knee injury his senior year of High School he was not able to continue his career in Baseball. He then became involved in the Auto industry at a young age and developed a love for business. In 1986 he moved to California for several years where he flourished in his knowledge and love for the Auto Industry.
His knowledge of the Auto Industry was vast, and he met many friends along the way. Jim ran the Montana Independent Auto Dealers Association for 16 years and in 2005 was named the National Independent Auto Dealers Association executive of the year. Jim remained a staple of the Association until his passing in 2013.
Jim was a likeable, friendly man that everyone spoke highly of in the community, he always wanted people to succeed and was a valued voice to many dealers in the state.
In honor of all that Jim had done for the association and his fellow dealers, the MTIADA created the Jim Robinson Scholarship Program to help with the cost of attending college for the child or grandchild of dealers who are members of the Association.